Resources are media that can be used to augment and enhance texts or stand alone as items of inquiry or investigation on their own. There are eight resource kinds available in Manifold:

  • Image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • File
  • Link
  • PDF
  • Document
  • Spreadsheet
  • Presentation
  • Interactive

Each of those are discussed in detail in the Preparing Resources section.

In this space, devoted to the Resource sidebar of the backend project page, we will consider how to add the resources you have already prepared into the system along the following themes:

Details on how to place already loaded resources (or collections of resources) in a text is discussed in the Interface section.

Required User Credentials

To access the Resource sidebar a user who has a Reader or Project Creator role will require either Can Modify Metadata or Can Modify Project permissions. Note that the former only allows the user to update the metadata for existing resources, not load new resources into the system.

Users with Marketeer, Editor, or Administrator roles will, by default, be able to update existing and upload new resources to any project in the instance where they have those credentials.

For more information about credentials, see the user accounts section.

Resource Sidebar

Adding Resources Individually

To add Resources to a project one at a time, click the Add a New Resource button below the resource search bar. The New Resource page will appear and provide you the option to choose which of the eight kinds of resource you’d like to add.

Resource Kinds

A small subset of metadata fields specific to your resource will be present below the resource kinds. The fields vary depending on the resource kind in question. Generally you’ll be prompted to provide a Title, Description, and the actual file you are uploading as a resource. Only the Title and resource file are required. The exceptions, described below affect the Video, Link, and Interactive kinds.

After you’ve filled out the appropriate fields, click Save and Continue. Your resource has now been loaded, and you can update the full range of fields and metadata associated with your resource. A table describing what options each resource kind has available to it can be found in the Preparing Resources section.


Videos can be uploaded directly into Manifold or they can be streamed from YouTube and Vimeo. To make the connection from Manifold to the external host, click the slider for Is This an Externally Linked Video. When toggled on, two new fields appear: Video ID and External Video Type.

Video ID describes the unique identifier in the URL bar that is associated with the video in question. On YouTube it will appear after watch?v= and before any string beginning with an ampersand &. In the following, the Video ID would be 3yfYetkMLPM:

On Vimeo the Video ID is the number following In this example, the Video ID would be 249096229:

The External Video Type field is a dropdown used to select which service the video is hosted on: YouTube or Vimeo.

Instead of a file to upload, Link resources require that you input the URL to the site you are using as a resource.


Instead of loading a file to the system, Manifold instead prompts the user to provide the URL of the site in question along with the minimum width and height (in pixels) for the iFrame wrapper. The minimum width and height help Manifold handle the iFrame responsively and determine how the content will render—inline or fullscreen—and whether it may be necessary to substitute the poster image, instead of the interactive element, in slideshows.

If you are unsure of the minimum width or height, leave those fields blank, and Manifold well calibrate the view based on the size of the reader’s screen size.

Adding Resources in Bulk

To add resources in bulk you’ll first need a CSV or Google Sheet describing the files you are uploading. A template for that purpose is provided here as the Manifold Resource Log. Add or adjust columns to suit your needs. Manifold’s upload process can be adapted to map data in different ways.

You will also need to save all your resources in a Google Drive folder with permissions extending viewing access to all those who have possession of the link. At this point only Google Drive is supported as viable means to host resources that are to be imported into the system. Your instance will need to have Google Services configured for this process to be successful. See the Integrations section for more.

Once your sheet is filled out (and saved as a CSV) and your resources saved to Google, click Bulk Add Resources to add a collection of resources in one step.

You will be taken to a screen where you can load your CSV file or provide the URL to a shared Google Sheet under the Step 1: Upload heading. Below the Step 2: Describe Data you should select from the dropdown the row number where your column headings appear (select 2 for the Manifold Resource Log) and then enter ID for the Google Drive folder where your resources are saved. The ID is the last part of the URL for your Google Drive folder after

When you click continue you’ll be taken to Step 3: Map Columns to Resource Attributes. The column on the left side lists the column headers found in your spreadsheet. The column on the right lists the attributes that can be set on Manifold resources. Drag the attributes on the right to the corresponding columns on the left. The Resource Import Matrix below serves as a map between those columns.

Pressing the Automatically Map Attributes button will attempt to automatically match the attributes with the spreadsheet columns. If you are using the Manifold Resource Log you’ll need to only map two attributes manually: external_id to Video ID, and metadata.rights to License.

When you click continue your resources will be uploaded into the system with the information from your sheet populating the appropriate fields for each. This process may take a few moment to complete. As it is working you will see regular updates to the status of your uploads.

Managing Resources

To adjust the metadata for a resource that has been loaded into the system, click on the resources name in the list of those in the system. That will take you to that resource’s detail page, where information is spread across three sidebar headings: General, Variants, and Metadata. The Variants sidebar will only appear for Image, Video, Audio, and Interactive resources.

The Preparing Resources section describes all the available fields you can adjust and where they can be found in the system in detail.

Searching through Existing Resources

From the Resource page you can search through all resources that have been added to the project you are viewing. When you click Show Search Options you’ll have the ability to refine your search by Tags as well as the Kind of resource you are looking for.

Resource Import Matrix

Manifold Resource Log Resource Metadata Resource Attributes
Title Title title
N/A Sort Title N/A
Kind Kind kind
N/A N/A created_ata
Caption Caption caption
Description Description description
Fingerprint Fingerprint fingerprint
URL Link URL external_url
URL iFrame URL external_url
Video ID Video ID external_id
Host Name External Video Type external_type
Allow Download? Allow Download? allow_download
Sub Kind Externally Linked Video? sub_kind
Slug Slug slug
Minimum Width Minimum Width minimum_width
Minimum Height Minimum Height minimum_height
Tags Tags tag_list
Series Title Series Title metadata.series_title
Container Container Title metadata.container_title
ISBN ISBN metadata.isbn
ISSN ISSN metadata.issn
DOI DOI metadata.doi
Original Publisher Original Publisher metadata.original_publisher
Original Publisher Place Original Publisher Place metadata.original_publisher_place
Original Title Original Title metadata.original_title
Publisher Publisher metadata.publisher
Publisher Place Publisher Place metadata.publisher_place
Version Version metadata.version
Series Number Series Number metadata.series_number
Edition Edition metadata.edition
Issue Issue metadata.issue
Volume Volume metadata.volume
Rights Rights metadata.rights
Territory Rights Territory metadata.rights_territory
Restrictions Restrictions metadata.restrictions
Copyright Holder Rights Holder metadata.rights_holder
Creator Creator metadata.creator
Alt-Text Alt Text metadata.alt_text
Credit Line Credit
Copyright Status Copyright Status metadata.copyright_status
Filename N/A attachment.attachment
High Res High Resolution Image attachment.high_res
Thumbnail Thumbnail Image attachment.variant_thumbnail
Poster Poster Image attachment.variant_poster
File Variant 1 Variant #1 attachment.variant_format_one
File Variant 2 Variant #2 attachment.variant_format_two
Collection Collection resource_collections
Figure Number N/A N/A
Permission Status N/A N/A
Print Color Solution N/A N/A
Print Intention N/A N/A
Skip N/A N/A
Source N/A N/A
Special Instructions N/A N/A

aThis field is automatically populated by the system and cannot be changed manually.